Matariki is the Māori name for the cluster of stars also known as the Pleiades. It rises in mid-winter and for many Māori, it heralds the start of a new year. Matariki literally means the ‘eyes of god’ (mata ariki) or ‘little eyes’ (mata riki). According to myth, when Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatūānuku, the earth mother, were separated by their children, the god of the winds, Tāwhirimātea, became so angry that he tore out his eyes and threw them into the heavens.
Join our team in the Learning Centre as we make Ika Harakeke (flax fish), star wall hangings, string woven stars and stained glass effect stars to celebrate Matariki!
Suitable for ages 12 and under, all children must be accompanied by an adult